The 1st place team in the Deloitte Case Competition held during SIEML at the Merage School included (from left): Alexis Pigg, a chemistry major from Dillard University; Samuel Abrams, an economics major from Morehouse College; Russell Williams III, a policial science major from Philander Smith College; Morgan Dukes, a business administration major from Florida A&M University; Ja'Von Williams, a business administration major from North Carolina Central University; and, Natalie Delille, a marketing major from Howard University.

Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) Hosted at the Merage School

October 18, 2017 • By UCI Paul Merage School of Business

For the first time since its introduction in 2012, the Merage School was host to the University of California Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) program, an all-expenses-paid, career-building fellowship for students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). Held in August, participants spent an entire week learning from world-class educators including Professors Thomas Eppel and Kevin Bradford, and Executive Director of the Center for Global Leadership William Hernandez.

Also in attendance was Senator Anthony Portantino, chair of the State Senate Budget Committee on Education, a strong supporter of the SIEML program. Portantino spent time speaking with students, many of whom travelled long distances from all over the country to partake in the Irvine event.

The Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) is a system wide initiative that rotates throughout the University of California's six participating business schools. Each year 50 students are invited to spend two weeks of intense leadership training at one of the six UC business schools. Each cohort of students has the opportunity to attend two different schools over a two-year period. The goal of the program is to create a pipeline of African American and Latino students into the premier UC MBA degree programs. SIEML has progressed from Berkley to UCLA, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and now UC Irvine.